Record Industry On Limewire Infringement: $75 Trillion

Oh, we know there’s dithering amongst the detail weeds about NATO-this, Article I-this, but it’s all petty squabbling. To paraphrase Forrest Gump, ‘Half assed is as half assed does.” So far it’s been tawdry caviling.

Instead, as another tableau of the absurd, we present to you the Music Industry (Atlantic, Sony, Warners, Virgin, etc.). Before a judge overseeing the Limeware filesharing lawsuit, plantiff music companies were asked to proffer their estimate of damages incurred by people trading Hanson, Hannah Montana and Fatboy Slim mp3s, etc.

The music industry’s claim? $75 trillion dollars. Yes, Dear Reader, more than the entire world’s economic output.